Daily Telegraph – Navy frigates defend world oil prices in the Gulf In a small corner of the Gulf, British-led forces have been protecting the oil installations key to controlling world oil prices.
Monthly Archives:: October 2008
Virginian Pilot – Riverine squadron prepares for new duty in Iraq The sailors in Riverine Squadron 1 are ready veterans – nine in 10 deployed with the unit to Iraq less than two years ago. But their return to Anbar province and patrolling the Euphrates River in a few weeks may bring less combat.
BBC – Iran ‘opens naval base’ near Gulf Iran has opened new naval facilities east of the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow entrance to the Gulf which is key to oil supplies, state media say.
Associated Press – NATO escorts shipload of supplies to Somalia. NATO warships safely escorted a cargo of supplies through the pirate-infested waters off Somalia on Monday for the first time .
Defense Technology International – Raytheon Floats Sub-Launched UAV Concept
Defense Technology International – Shivver Me Aerostats The U.S. Navy is in the very first stages of exploring ways to increase its ability to monitor maritime traffic off the pirate-plagued coast of Somalia. And one idea being given a preliminary look is the use of aerostats tethered to barges.
BBC – France ‘captures Somali pirates’ Nine suspected Somali pirates have been captured by the French navy and handed over to regional officials in northern Somalia.
Associated Press – Helicopter-plane Osprey fares well as ferry in Iraq After a troubled history, the V-22 Osprey – half-helicopter, half-plane – has been ferrying troops and equipment across Iraq for a little more than a year without a major incident.
Associated Press – Sri Lanka navy: Rebel suicide attack foiled at sea Sri Lanka’s navy destroyed two explosive-laden Tamil Tiger rebel boats Wednesday that attempted to crash into two cargo ships sailing to the country’s troubled north, a spokesman said.
Associated Press – Chagos islanders lose legal fight to return home Britain’s highest court on Wednesday dashed the hopes of Chagos Islanders seeking to return to the Indian Ocean homeland they lost when the island of Diego Garcia was leased to the U.S. for an air base.
Associated Press – NATO flotilla to start anti-piracy operations soon A NATO flotilla sailing toward the Somali coast will begin anti-piracy operations within the next few days, but officials said Wednesday the alliance was still working out the rules of engagement for the seven ships.
Associated Press – Russian ship passes Suez on anti-piracy mission The Russian guided missile frigate Neustrashimy (Intrepid) is passing through the Suez Canal to join military vessels from other nations protecting shipping in pirate-infested waters off Somalia.
Defense News – U.S. Eyes Reaction Force That Rockets Into Space A new meaning for the term “Quick Reaction Force”?
Virginian Pilot – Blackwater sets sights on Somali pirates Is combatting piracy a new potential market for private military contractors?
Daily Telegraph – India launches first navy mission against pirates More details on India’s attempt to fight piracy off of Somalia.
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New York Times Magazine – Farmer in Chief A fascinating article by Michael Pollan that makes a point I had never previously considered: “The health of a nation’s food system is a critical issue of national security…For nations that lose the ability to substantially feed themselves will find themselves as gravely compromised in their international [...]
Aviation Week and Space Technology – Ben Bova, the prolific sci-fi novelist, has a big idea for the next president – enlist NASA in a crash program to launch a commercially viable space solar power industry in the U.S. “before the end of your second term.” Link
India Today – India sends the frigate INS Ganga to mount its own anti-piracy patrol off of Somalia. Link
Daily Telegraph – The Royal Navy could be given powers to seize Somalian pirates plaguing the Gulf of Aden and hand them over to the wartorn country’s authorities. Link